Local Hometown Hottie needs your votes




A senior loan processor for Cherry Creek Mortgage Co. by day, Kristi Gates is a few more things in her free time: a model for local artist and gallery owner Brett Andrus; a dancer, who goes by the name of Misha Minx, with the Peaks and Pasties burlesque troupe; a coach with fitness company Beachbody; and a contestant in Maxim magazine's Hometown Hotties contest.

"I didn't even know about the contest until my friend Justine saw this tiny fine print in a Maxim magazine," Gates writes via Facebook. "She called me and told me I should submit. So I said sure, why not? Haha, I submitted some pics and a bio back in March and actually forgot about it until [yesterday] when I received an email from Maxim saying that I was selected for week 2 and that my profile was ready on their website!"

You can view her profile here, and vote once a day until June 5.

In the meantime, Gates says, for how far she's ranged, she's actually fairly new to the practice.

"I really didn't start modeling till this year when I turned 29, so I am still super new," she writes. "Modeling is harder work than people think. It's still strange when people ask me to shoot. I'm like 'Are you sure? I am old haha! Shouldn't you ask some 19 year old?'"

And as far as her dancing: "What can I say about Burlesque?? I am in love with performing! It is a huge rush getting on stage and entertaining everyone, knowing that they came to see you do your thing."

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